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General submission guidelines

Manuscripts submitted to the Editors of “Studia i Materiały” may not be simultaneously under consideration for publication by editors of other journals or published previously. By submitting a manuscript for publication, the author gives consent to its publication in the Journal in printed and electronic forms. All submitted papers are reviewed by two anonymous reviewers (see below for the Reviewing Procedure). Editors also declare that they do not charge any fees from authors for the publication of their papers. Please submit manuscripts referring to the main topics of consecutive issues as specified by the Editors (a list is available on the Journal homepage).

All articles are published on the open-access basis and under the Creative Commons BY 4.0 license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Authors who publish with this journal retain all copyrights and agree to the terms of the above-mentioned CC BY 4.0 license.

Editors declare that the paper version is the original version of  “Studia i Materiały”.

Articles should be sent via electronic mail to the e-mail address of the Editorial Board: sim@wz.uw.edu.pl and the following address: 

„Studia i Materiały” – Redakcja
Wydział Zarządzania Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
ul. Szturmowa 1/3, pok. B310
02-678 Warszawa

The manuscript should be sent in the MS Word or compatible (rtf) file and pdf file, with 1 paper copy (to the Editorial Board’s address) signed by the Author, together with a written declaration of non-infringement of third-party copyrights. The compatibility of printed and electronic versions must be ensured by the Author. In the case of co-authorship, please clearly indicate the percentage contributions of co-authors. The corresponding address for the Editors’ communications should be clearly stated (in the case of co-authorship, please indicate the corresponding author).
Authors are responsible for obtaining necessary permits for publication of any materials under the copyright held by third parties.

Editors inform that ghostwriting and plagiarism are manifestations of scientific misconduct and all detected cases will be revealed, including notification of the entities concerned. All manifestations of scientific misconduct, especially violations and breaches of ethics applicable in science, will be documented by the editors.
In order to combat ghostwriting, the Editors of “Studia i Materiały” require:

  • a declaration of non-infringement of third-party copyrights,
  • that authors of collective publications disclose the percentage contribution of each person to the publication,
  • provision of information about sources of publication funding, contribution of research institutions, associations and other entities.

Where any scientific misconduct is detected, the Editors, based on the guidelines proposed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), will apply the following procedures:   

 

Editors do not return materials that were not ordered.

 

Reviewing Procedure

Reviewing Procedure

All submitted articles are reviewed initially by the Editors (the pre-selection procedure), and those selected in the course of this procedure are forwarded to reviewers.

Each article is reviewed in a double-blind review process by two independent reviewers assigned by Editors.

A review is made in writing and ends with the reviewer’s decision on the rejection or admission for publication (review sheet form).

Upon receipt of the review, the editorial secretary informs the authors about the details of reviewers’ comments on the articles and the final decision on the publication (taken by the editor-in-chief and the thematic editor of the issue).

Criteria for accepting or rejecting a manuscript: matching the main topic of the issue; originality of the research method used and of presenting the subject; reliable presentation of previous research; the quality of own research (if applicable); validity of research/theoretical considerations; correct facts, methodology and reasoning; text contribution to the discipline development; selection of literature.

Editors do not return papers that have not been accepted for publication.

A full list available on the website.

Reviewers’ responsibilities

Editorial decisions
The reviewer supports the Editor-in-Chief in taking editorial decisions and may also assist the author in improving his/her work.

Feedback
Each selected reviewer who cannot review the paper or knows that rapid preparation of a review will not be possible should inform the editorial secretary.

Objectivity standards
Reviews should be objective. Personal criticism of the author is deemed inappropriate. Reviewers should clearly express their views, supporting them with appropriate arguments.

Confidentiality
All reviewed papers must be treated as confidential documents. They may not be showed to or discussed with persons other than the authorized editorial secretary.

Anonymity
All reviews are anonymous and the Editorial Board does not make authors’ personal data available to reviewers.

Disclosure and conflict of interest
Confidential information or ideas that emerge as a result of the review must be kept confidential and may not be used for personal benefit. Reviewers should not review works involving a conflict of interest due to the relationship with the author, company or institution connected with the work.

Confirmation of sources
Reviewers should identify publications not referred to by the author of the paper. Any claim that an observation, source or argument has been previously discussed should be supported by an appropriate quotation. The reviewer should also inform the editorial secretary of any significant similarity, partial overlapping of the content of the reviewed paper with any other published work that is known to the reviewer or of suspected plagiarism.

 

Preparation of manuscripts

A. General information

To submit the paper Authors are asked to prepare in the separate documents:

  • Main document without Authors information
  • Title page
  • Figures
  • Tables
  • Declaration of non-infringement of third-party copyrights
  • Open Access Licence

The main document should contain the following elements (in the given order):

  • Title of the issues to which the papers is submitted
  • Article title
  • Structured abstract (up to 250 words)
  • JEL Classification (JEL Classification numbers are available here)
  • Keywords (up to 5)
  • Introduction, consecutive headings, conclusion(s)
  • Endnotes
  • References-bibliography

Title page should include Title of the issues to which the papers is submitted; Article title and  information about the author:

  • name and surname
  • academic title/degree
  • affiliation (with a detailed corresponding address)
  • e-mail address
  • postal address (to send copyright transfer agreement).
  • orcid ID (http://orcid.org)

B. Manuscript format

The manuscript should be no longer than 20 standard typed pages (1 page = 1800 characters; Times New Roman font, font size: 12, 1.5 line spacing, margins: 2.5). In the case of book reviews, the submitted manuscript should not exceed 6 pages.

All illustrations should be clearly marked, sent in separate files, with their location in the manuscript indicated. A pdf file should include the illustrations contained in the manuscript. Please send your manuscript in the MS Word or compatible (rtf) format. If possible, figures should be prepared in Adobe Illustrator (ai) format, and their source data – in Excel 3.0 (xls). Preferred format of illustrations: Adobe Illustrator (ai). All illustrations should be black and white. If the manuscript contains photographs, please send us their originals.

Authors are responsible for obtaining necessary permits for publication of any materials under the copyright held by third parties.

C. Manuscript layout

Title page should include Title of the issues to which the papers is submitted; Article title and  information about the author: name and surname, academic title/degree, affiliation (with a detailed corresponding address), e-mail address, postal address (as indicated above). Please put this information on a separate page.

The main document should contain the following elements (in the given order):

  • Title of the issues to which the papers is submitted
  • Article title
  • Structured abstract (up to 250 words)
  • JEL Classification (JEL Classification numbers are available here)
  • Keywords (up to 5)
  • Introduction, consecutive headings, conclusion(s)
  • Endnotes
  • References-bibliography

D. Endnotes, references, citations*

Any author’s endnotes should be few and short, if possible.

References should cover solely the items referred to or cited in the text, no papers cited from a secondary source should be included in the references. In each reference item the author must include its assigned DOI no. (if applicable) (http://www.crossref.org/guestquery/).

Prepare alphabetical listing of references by the first author’s surname (works by the same author should be given in the alphabetical order of the titles of works).

"Studia i Materiały" uses the APA (American Psychological Association) (6th edition) referencing system (see: http://www.apastyle.org/ or http://blog.apastyle.org/).

Citations in the text

  • single author’s work: always give the author’s surname and publication date (no matter how many times the work is cited); when referring to more than one work by a given author published in the same year, add consecutive letters of the alphabet after the date (this rule also applies to the other types of publications listed below), e.g.: (Kowalski, 2001); (Kowalski, 2001a);
  • a work by two authors: always give both authors’ surnames and publication date (no matter how many times the work is cited); authors’ surnames should always be connected with “and”, even in the case of foreign-language publications, e.g.: (Kowalski and Nowak, 2001); (Kowalski and Nowak, 2001a);
  • a work by 3–5 authors: when citing for the first time, mention the surnames of all authors, separating them by commas and inserting “and” between the last two surnames; when citing again, mention the first author’s surname with the abbreviation “et al.”, e.g. for the first time: (Kowalski, Nowak and Jones, 2001); (Kowalski, Nowak and Jones 2001a); and then: (Kowalski et al., 2001); (Kowalski et al., 2001a);
  • a work by 6 or more authors: mention the first author’s surname only (both for first and all subsequent citations), other authors should be replaced by the abbreviation “et al.”; include surnames of all authors in the references, e.g.: (Kowalski et al., 2001); (Kowalski et al., 2001a);
  • citing several works simultaneously: publications should be listed alphabetically (by the first author’s surname); several works by the same author should be separated by a comma; individual publications by various authors must be separated by a semicolon, e.g.: (Kowalski, 2001; Nowak and Kowalski, 2002); (Kowalski, 2001, 2002a; Nowak and Kowalski, 2002);
  • use secondary citations in the text only, the references should include only the source read; works should be separated by a semicolon, e.g.: (Kowalski, 2001; cited in Nowak 2002).

Quotations in the text should always be put in quotation marks, with the author’s/authors’ surname(s), publication year and page number as follows: (author/authors, publication year, page number), e.g.: (Kowalski, 2000, p. 67) or (Kowalski and Nowak, 2001, p. 3), or (Kowalski, Nowak and Jones, 2001a, p. 3).

E. Corrections

Should any corrections or abridgements be necessary, the manuscript will be returned to the author, who must introduce amendments within the time period specified by the Editorial Board. The Editors reserve the right to make minor linguistic adjustments and abridge the text.

 

Ethical standards 

Editors of “Studia i Materiały” ensure that ethical standards of scientific publications are maintained and take all possible steps against non-compliance with the standards for publications in the Journal. Papers submitted for publication in “Studia i Materiały”  are evaluated for accuracy, compliance with ethical standards and usefulness for science.

The following guidelines are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Responsibilities of Authors

Authorship of work
Authorship should be limited to those who have contributed significantly to the idea, design or preparation of the paper, or to the analysis of research. All persons who participated in the paper preparation should be listed as its co-authors. Other persons who influenced some important aspects of a scholarly paper should be listed or shown as collaborators. The author should ensure that all co-authors are listed in the paper, have seen and approved the final version of the paper and agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and conflict of interest
The author should disclose all project funding sources in his/her paper, the contribution of research institutions, associations and other entities and any major conflicts of interest that may affect the results or analysis of research.

Standards for presenting research reports
The author of a text based on his/her own research should provide a detailed list of the tasks performed and objectively discuss their significance. The data used for the preparation of the paper should be carefully presented. A paper should include enough details and sources to allow for the research to be replicated. False or knowingly inaccurate statements are regarded as unethical behavior and are prohibited.

Access to data and data maintenance
The author should provide raw data on the paper submitted for review or be ready to allow access to such data upon request. He/she should also keep the data for five years following the date of publication.

Multiple, redundant or competitive publications
As a rule, the author should not publish materials describing the same research in more than one journal or original publication. Submitting the same paper to more than one journal at the same time is an unethical behaviour and is prohibited.

Confirmation of sources
The author should cite publications that have had an impact on the paper submitted and has to confirm each use of other authors’ works.

Fundamental errors in published works
If the author discovers a fundamental error or inaccuracy in his/her paper, he/she is required to notify the editorial secretary as soon as possible.

Originality and plagiarism
The author submits only the original work to the Editors. He/she should make sure that the names of the authors cited in his/her paper and/or parts of papers and/or cited works have been cited or mentioned correctly therein.

Ghostwriting
Ghostwriting/guest authorship are manifestations of scientific misconduct and any detected cases will be revealed, including notification of the entities concerned. Manifestations of scientific misconduct, especially violations and breaches of ethical guidelines applicable in science, will be documented by the Editors.

Responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board

Publication decisions
Editor-in-Chief must comply with the existing law on defamation, infringement of copyright and plagiarism and is responsible for the decisions on which submitted articles should be published. He/she may consult thematic editors and/or reviewers.

Confidentiality
No information about a paper submitted may be disclosed to any member of the editorial team other than – in accordance with the publishing procedure – its author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers or the publisher.

Discrimination
Insofar as anti-discrimination is concerned, the Editors respect the Constitution and the laws applicable in the Republic of Poland.

Disclosure and conflict of interest
Unpublished papers or their parts may not be used in research conducted by the editorial team or reviewers without the express written consent of the author.

Reviewers’ responsibilities

Editorial decisions
The reviewers supports the Editor-in-Chief in taking editorial decisions and may also assist the author in improving his/her work.

Feedback
Each selected reviewer who cannot review the paper or knows that rapid preparation of a review will not be possible should inform the editorial secretary.

Objectivity standards
Reviews should be objective. Personal criticism of the author is deemed inappropriate. Reviewers should clearly express their views, supporting them with appropriate arguments.

Confidentiality
All reviewed papers must be treated as confidential documents. They may not be showed to or discussed with persons other than the authorized editorial secretary.

Anonymity
All reviews are anonymous and the Editorial Board does not make authors’ personal data available to reviewers.

Disclosure and conflict of interest
Confidential information or ideas that emerge as a result of the review must be kept confidential and may not be used for personal benefit. Reviewers should not review works involving a conflict of interest due to the relationship with the author, company or institution connected with the work.

Confirmation of sources
Reviewers should identify publications not referred to by the author of the paper. Any claim that an observation, source or argument has been previously discussed should be supported by an appropriate quotation. The reviewer should also inform the editorial secretary of any significant similarity, partial overlapping of the content of the reviewed paper with any other published work that is known to the reviewer or of suspected plagiarism.

Security Procedures

Crossref Similarity Check
Manuscript checking is done using iThenticate which provides plagiarism prevention services to publishers around the world.